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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

December 23, 2008
Cover of a 1912 edition of the poem, illustrat...

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Did you ever feel bad because you forgot a birthday?  Don’t feel bad.  Did you know that just celebrating birthdays has been a problem for some, even if it is Christ’s?  Origen, an early father of the Christian community felt so.  As the popularity of Santa Claus increased from 1823 some wanted to do away with the celebration of Christmas altogether.  Read about it in Joshua King’s ‘The Examination and Trial of Father Christmas’ (1868) which was written shortly after Christmas was reinstated as a holy day in England. 

Isn’t it interesting that storytelling, poems, songs and the like can catch the spirit and imagination of a society and carry it to places it had never imagined before.  Such can be the power of word and image at the service of inspiration.

“‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…” So begins one of the best-known and best-loved tales of Christmas, “A Visit From St. Nicholas.” Published on this date in 1823, most sources attribute authorship of the poem to Clement Clarke Moore, a professor of Oriental and Greek Literature in New York. The poem’s description of Santa Claus, his sleigh and slide down the chimney and other aspects of Christmas influenced the way in which Americans came to celebrate the holiday.
Quote: “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!” — “A Visit From St. Nicholas

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